Starting with your cancer diagnosis, a team of cancer specialists and care providers come together to customize your care plan. Your team will educate you about the options that are unique to your specific situation and engage you fully in the decision making process. In addition to identifying an aggressive approach to fighting your disease, the team will also address your quality of life during and after treatment.
The ProHealth Care ovarian cancer program has a dedicated, board-certified, fellowship-trained gynecologic oncologist who focuses exclusively on gynecologic cancers. The National Institutes of Health states that women with ovarian cancer have significantly improved survival rates when treated by a gynecologic oncologist. A gynecologic oncologist has the extensive training and expertise required to provide and manage the complex treatment necessary to address this group of diseases. Treatment by a gynecologic oncologist helps ensure that you get the best kind of surgery for your cancer.
Our oncology nurse navigator team
Standing left to right – Carol Clouthier, RN; Julie Wannow, RN; Angel Shaffer, RN; Britt Baertlein, RN
Seated left to right – Mary Gilbert, RN; Craig Gordon, RN; Michelle Willman, RN; Natalie Ebenhoch, RN
Oncology nurse navigator
Beginning at the time of cancer diagnosis, each patient is partnered with an oncology nurse navigator who becomes a single point of contact for their cancer journey.
Oncology nurse navigators work closely with patients’ physicians and the entire cancer care team to empower patients and support their needs. Nurse navigators actively partner with patients and their families to listen and address their needs with care and compassion. They provide information and education on cancer diagnoses and treatment options, and offer psychosocial support to help manage stress and anxiety. Oncology nurse navigators also act as advocates to help remove barriers to care and assure care transitions are timely and well-coordinated. They engage patients in care planning and self-care to promote optimal health throughout the cancer journey and beyond.
The ProHealth Care ovarian cancer program has a dedicated, board-certified gynecologic oncologist who focuses exclusively on gynecologic cancers. The National Institutes of Health states that women with ovarian cancer have significantly improved survival rates when treated by a gynecologic oncologist. A gynecologic oncologist has the extensive training and expertise required to provide and manage the complex treatment necessary to address this group of diseases. Treatment by a gynecologic oncologist helps ensure that you get the best kind of surgery for your cancer.
A radiation oncologist uses radiation to treat cancer. Radiation may come from a machine outside the body (external-beam radiation therapy), or it may come from radioactive material placed in the body near cancer cells such as brachytherapy, a type of treatment in which radioactive seeds are placed directly into or near a tumor.
This physician uses imaging technology such as computer tomography (CT) scanning, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or ultrasound to guide the delivery of treatment to the targeted area.
A medical oncologist treats patients with drugs that aim to kill cancer cells such as chemotherapy and other biologic therapies.
The pathologist typically is not a physician you encounter personally during your treatment journey. The pathologist is the physician who specializes in identifying the classification and stage of your cancer. This is important in that it helps determine the appropriate therapies for treatment.
Depending on your individual situation, it is possible that doctors who specialize in other areas may contribute to your care as well, such as doctors that provide pain management.
Other supportive care
Our board-certified genetic counselors facilitate cancer risk assessments and genetic cancer testing and will provide consultation and support in helping to understand and manage your cancer risk.
A multi-disciplinary team of specially trained cancer rehab therapists is available to evaluate patient needs including gait stability, strengthening exercises, weakness and speech deficits. Based on the evaluation a treatment plan is developed to minimize the effects of cancer treatment and help restore these functions.
Our social workers provide assistance with discharge planning, coordination of home care and help make connections with community resources for continued care and support after cancer treatment.
Some cancers may require dietary limitations or considerations during the course of treatment. A certified dietitian is available to evaluate nutritional needs and develop a personal plan of care to support patient needs during treatment and into survivorship care.